Also known as bridewort, meadowsweet is native to Europe but also found in North America, favouring wet locations and reaching a height of 6'. The small yellowish-white flowers were a favourite strewing herb of Queen Elizabeth and were frequently used for strewing at Church Weddings and for making into bridal garlands. Meadowsweet was first discovered as a medicinal herb in 1835 as a source for salicylic acid from which aspirin was later synthesized. Today it is frequently used as a medicinal tea having a relaxing sweet flavour for adults and children alike.
- Good water is an essential part of brewing a great cup of tea. We recommend using spring or filtered water.
- Be sure to relax! Some of the most enjoyable aspects of tea are the calmness and ritual that surround it.
- This is a delicate herb and is more potent when exposed to high temperatures for a short period of time. So that your tea has its maximum medicinal properties and flavour, be sure that your water is at a rolling boil when you pour it over your teabags.
- If you desire a medicinal tea, be sure to use one tea bag per cup of boiling water, cover and steep for 7-12 minutes. This is known as the infusion method.
- If you desire a pleasure tea or quick brew, use one tea bag per cup of hot water. Pour water over tea bags, cover, and let steep 3 to 5 minutes to taste.